Patient Success Stories

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“Our son Reid has been seen at NovaCare Kids [now RUSH Kids Pediatric Therapy] since he was under a year old when he qualified for early intervention. Over the years, he has continued to receive multiple therapies through them. He is currently 11-years-old, and at this time receives two occupational therapy, two physical therapy and two speech therapy sessions per week. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Reid began telerehab for all of his therapies as of last March. Thankfully, because of the knowledge and creativity of Reid's therapists, he was able to transition nicely to this platform. Just recently we are starting to bring Reid back into the center which has also been seamless. We cannot express enough how thankful we are to the team for all their support and hard work on behalf of our family over the years.”

Those were sentiments shared by Laura and Brian, Reid’s parents, regarding the care their son has received from Courtney Engel, M.S., OTR/L, at RUSH Kids Pediatric Therapy’s Lincoln Park-DePaul center. We appreciate Laura and Brian’s warm words and are so happy we can play a part in Reid’s development and many successes. 


“I had fractured my foot during the Big Sur Relay back in April 2019. After being in a boot for at least a month, I scheduled with NovaCare [now RUSH Physical Therapy] to rehab my foot and try to make a plan for my return to running. I had originally registered for the Chicago Marathon and Marine Corps Marathon and had every intention to still make that happen. I was in physical therapy from about the end of June until right after I finished MCM.  It was a very short and condensed training schedule, but my physical therapist Beth was an integral part of helping my fall plans become a reality.”

Lena Park is a long-time Chicago Area Runners Association Group Leader, as well as a frequent racer and marathoner. After fracturing her foot, Lena came to our Naperville center where she enlisted the help of Beth Williamson, DPT, and was able to overcome her injury and complete not one, but two fall marathons. 


“Toward the end of February of this year, I tore my ACL and had a bucket handle meniscus tear. I was on crutches for about a month afterward until my surgery could be scheduled. At that point, COVID-19 had become a global pandemic and ingrained itself in every facet of our lives. My surgery was almost cancelled due to all of the shutdowns. Luckily, I was able to go forward and get back to being me.

“I met the NovaCare [now RUSH Physical Therapy] team three days after my surgery. They were sure to not only give their personal touch, but ensure that my safety was priority by having masks worn by patients and staff alike. They warranted public safety and their jobs as physical therapists by still giving their personal touch, while being within CDC guidelines.

“While there, my main physical therapist was Sarah. I still remember my first day and how difficult it was, but Sarah had me push through. She kept the same attitude throughout all of my visits, and her positive outlook was a huge reason of why I am where I am today. She would always find ways to challenge me and make me better. It is not uncommon to struggle with physical therapy because it is not only a physical challenge, but a mental one as well. Sarah had me wanting to go to better myself, and made sure to keep it interesting and fun. I can honestly say physical therapy soon became a highlight of my day.

“After seven months, I am finally back to working out at the level I was pre-injury. I was able to return to a lifestyle that allows me to do daily runs, HIIT workouts and yoga. Without Sarah and lots of icing, I truly do not believe I would be able to do these things today. For that, I cannot thank the team enough.”

Those were sentiments shared by Luella, a former patient of ours, in regard to the treatment she received from Sarah Zayyad, P.T., DPT, CMPT, CDNT, Cert.ART, and the team at our Oak Lawn-95th Street, IL center. We’re so thankful for Luella’s kind words and are thrilled we could play a part in her road to recovery.


“Luke has quadriplegic, dystonic cerebral palsy. He began private therapy at 18 months related to challenges with motor planning, speech, gross and fine motor skills. With Luke’s initial diagnosis, his doctors were not sure what his future would hold. Would he need a wheelchair, would he crawl, walk or talk? In the last nine years, Luke’s team has consisted of comprehensive speech, occupational and physical therapies. The significant time spent with this team has resulted in amazing progress for Luke. While he still has his challenges, he has grown into a very mobile and talkative kid with a strong sense of humor and an amazing work ethic. He would not be where he is without his team!"

Those were sentiments shared by Lisa, Luke’s mother, regarding the care her son has received from Aileen Lysaught, M.S., CCC-SLP, Meredith Krifka, P.T., DPT, C/NDT, and Jamie Martin, MOT, OTR/L, at RUSH Kids Pediatric Therapy’s LaGrange center. We appreciate Lisa’s warm words and are so happy we can play a part in Luke’s development and many successes




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